Check out the Toronto lefties: Upcoming activities from Toronto Rise Up (Recreation is supposed to enlighten & educate people)

Hi everyone:

The Toronto Police Services Board is launching public consultations on what qualities the next chief of police should have, using an online survey and public meetings. Unfortunately the survey is very limited in terms of what real changes can be put forward – the public meetings may offer more potential – hope you can get out to one if you have ideas to put forward. See #6 for more info.

The year-long municipal elections will finally be decided on October 27th – Social Planning Toronto has compiled
candidate’s positions on a wide variety of issues – check out #4 for a link to this info.

1. Honouring Those Killed by Deportation from Canada, Thursday, October 23, Ottawa, 12:30 pm
2. Invitation to 32C by Amanda Parris at the De Colores Festival (Thursday October 23rd)
3. Peace Rally – Canada Out of Iraq – Stop Bombing Syria
4. Social Planning Toronto Election Website and Candidate Survey Responses
5. U of T Divest from Israel’s War Crimes!
6. Toronto Police Board Launched Public Survey on Hiring New Chief
7. All Put Food in the Budget Friends and Allies
8. Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System (Pluto Press) – Book Launch
9. Cheap & Crazy Symposiums: Mobilizing Strategic Conversations
10. Gideon Levy: The Israel-Palestine Conflict: How will it end?
11. It’s Brockton Writers Series’ 5th birthday! Celebrate with us! We’ll have cake and prizes from Arsenal Pulp Press and Inanna Publications!)
12. BUTCH: Not like the other girls – Toronto Art Opening and Book Signing
13. November 8th – Fundraiser for Darlene Necan
14. Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Migrant Worker Speaking Tour
15. Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition by Glen Coulthard – Book Launch
16. SpeakSudan is pleased to announce the launch of the first cohort of the Young African Men’s Theater Arts Program (YAMTAP).
17. What Makes a Man 2014: The White Ribbon Conference
18. “Huicholes: the Last Peyote Guardians”
19. WoodGreen Women on Strike!

1. Honouring Those Killed by Deportation from Canada, Thursday, October 23, Ottawa, 12:30 pm

Canadian Border Services Agency (office of CBSA President Luc Portelance)
191 Laurier Ave. West (at Metcalfe, next to Library), Ottawa
(For those in the national capital region, please join us for the vigil…. Letters demanding a stop to deportations can be sent from anywhere—see below)

Two weeks after the release of inquest findings into the hanging death in CBSA custody of Mexican refugee Lucia Vega Jimenez (who justifiably feared for her life with a forced return to violence in Mexico), join us as we gather to honour the memory of Jimenez and other refugees who have lost their lives in this country while facing deportation or following forced removal from Canada.

Every year, the CBSA spends $100 million to jail and deport refugees in an inhumane assembly line of misery that not only regularly violates the law, but also serves no social purpose, ruins lives and tears apart families and communities, spreads fear, and forces many into situations of further violence, torture, and death. (More info at Canada’s government-sponsored law-breakers ‘push the border out’)

Included in countries to which CBSA seeks to deport individuals are Mexico (a country deemed “safe” by Canada despite the recent massacre of student protesters and an Amnesty International report finding a 600% increase in torture since 2003), Iran, Syria, and Egypt.

CBSA President Luc Portelance has spent most of his career in agencies that view refugees as security threats and criminals – the RCMP and spy agency CSIS. As BC Lawyer Phil Rankin (among many others) has repeatedly pointed out, refugees like Lucia Vega Jimenez “are not criminals, but what we’ve done is create a criminal model. In this case, it led to a death….If you keep doing business as usual, there will be more (deaths).”

Join us Thursday, October 23 at 12:30 pm in Ottawa to honour the memory of some of those whose lives were lost as a result of Canada’s inhumane deportation system, and to demand an end to deportations. There is no rational explanation for why this country detains and forcibly deports human beings (83,635 people deported from January 2009 to June, 2014; some 10,000, including children, annually detained).

Some Disturbing Findings

85,635 human beings were deported from Canada between January 2009 to June, 2014
CBSA’s “removal” costs for 2013/2014 fiscal year were $43,120,600
CBSA’s costs to detain refugees simply because they are refugees, 2013/14, $55,195,949

Last year’s landmark Harvard University study, Bordering on Failure: Canada-U.S. Border policy and the Politics of Refugee Exclusion, concluded: “Canada is systematically closing its borders to asylum seekers, and circumventing its refugee protection obligations under domestic and international law… Canada sets a poor example for other countries, and contributes to the deterioration of refugee protection around the world.”

2. Invitation to 32C by Amanda Parris at the De Colores Festival (Thursday October 23rd)

The De Colores Festival of New Works is a playwright’s unit and festival that exclusively features Latin American Canadian writers and exposes Canadian audiences to new theatrical works featuring Latin American actors and directors.

32C is a one-woman play by Amanda Parris that explores the baggage that three generations of Black women accumulate, carry and unpack through their intimate relationships. The audience is invited to ride on the 32C Eglinton West bus as a triptych of stories reveal the ways emotional baggage is carried and passed on.

For more information, see here.

3. Peace Rally
Canada Out of Iraq, Stop Bombing Syria

October 25, 2:30 pm
U.S. Consulate (360 University Avenue)

Event page Facebook

Stop-bombinb-IraqThe U.S. led bombing campaign agains ISIS in Iraq and Syria will only lead to more terror. The reason ISIS exists in the first place is because the U.S. killed a million people, destroyed Iraq after the invasion in 2003, then backed a government there that fostered sectarianism to keep the population divided. That kind of brutality only breeds more killing. More bombing will not bring peace.

Every bombing campaign kills civilians and every civilian killed means more recruits for ISIS. The actions of the US and its allies allow ISIS to claim it is a legitimite anti-imperial force to people in the region. Already, the airstrikes have led opponents such as the Jabhat al-Nusra to join in common cause with ISIS. Bombing is making these groups stronger.

Stop-the-warBut there are other solutions. If the west would stop arming regional players like Saudi Arabia, who then send their weapons and money to ISIS, we could avoid many of these problems. If Turkey would open the border to Kurds, the killing in Kobane could end.

The Harper government is keen, as they were in 2003, to wage war against the people of Iraq and Syria. They have already sent Canadian special forces to the region and are sending 6 CF-18’s to bomb Iraq.

This war is fueling Stephen Harper’s agenda to militarize Canada. Under the Conservatives, military spending has reached its highest levels since World War II. There are now plans to expand Canadian military bases around the world. And the military is fast becoming a central thread in the fabric of society. Harper is also using this moment to deport US Iraq war resisters from Canada so he can silence their calls for peace.

Canadians were right to oppose war in 2003. We need to stand up again and say no to perpetual war!

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Toronto Coalition to Stop the War
tel: 416.795.5863

4. Social Planning Toronto Election Website and Candidate Survey Responses

Please check out Social Planning Toronto’s new election website to view all candidates’ responses to our questionnaire. About 100 City Council, 50 Toronto District School Board trustee and 20 Mayoral candidates have responded to our questionnaire. The long-form responses from all these candidates are available online now.

SPT is also posting summarized versions of candidates’ responses to our survey questionnaire very soon. These summary sheets will provide residents with an opportunity to compare policies and views of candidates running in their respective wards.

You may also find all our fact sheets and many external election-related resources on the website – translations of some of our fact sheets into several languages will also go online very shortly.

Please check out our election website regularly for new resources and share the news with your networks, communities and friends.

Best regards,
Mohammad Araf

Researcher and Policy Analyst
Social Planning Toronto
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1001
Toronto, ON M5B 1J3
Tel: (416) 351-0095 Ex. 256

5. U of T Divest from Israel’s War Crimes!

Monday, October 27
7 – 9 pm
OISE Auditorium (252 Bloor Street West)

Divest-IsraelLearn more from the campaign organizers and an impressive panel of speakers which includes four divestment activists from the U.S., Canada, and Palestine to discuss the importance pressuring U of T to divest.

Speakers include: Hazem Jamjoum, Haider Eid, Nahida Gordon and Shourideh Molavi.

Facebook Event Page.

6. Toronto Police Board Launched Public Survey on Hiring New Chief

The Toronto Police Services Board (the “Board”) today posted its public survey on hiring the new Toronto Police Chief on its website.

The survey asks the public to respond to questions in three areas: the challenges the new Chief will face; the competencies he or she needs to have to meet those challenges; and, the ways they would want to see the Chief demonstrate those competencies.

“We are really looking forward to members of the public making their voices heard on such an important undertaking”, said Board Chair Alok Mukherjee. “The survey results will contribute to the development of a competency model that the Board will use in assessing candidates for the job”.

The Board is also conducting a series of consultations, including four with the general public and one specifically with youth. The public sessions will be held at:

Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive
Committees Room 1 and 2
Tuesday October 28, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Metro Hall
55 John St. Toronto
Room 309
Wednesday October 29, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3
Thursday October 30, 20147:00 PM – 9:00 PM

North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge Street
Members Lounge
Monday November 3, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Toronto Police Headquarters (youth consultation only)
40 College St. (Near College and Bay)
2nd. Floor Auditorium
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 7:00-9:00 PM

For further information or to make arrangement for any accommodations please contact:
Karlene Bennett, Toronto Police Services Board: 416-808-7265

7. All Put Food in the Budget Friends and Allies

We want to draw your attention below to an incredible all-day event happening in Toronto on October 29th at the College Street United Church. PFIB and several other grassroots social justice campaigns will be participating along with faith groups, unions, social planning councils and school boards from around the GTA to host Dr. Paul Gorski who will be speaking on Equity Literacy – Towards a CLASSISM Reduction Strategy for Ontario. The day will be focused on de-bunking what we already know to be the un-true stereotypes of people living in poverty, which go unchallenged everyday in discourse across our communities and in our schools and institutions. Dr. Gorski and others will go forward to reveal the systemic and pervasive nature of classism which perpetuates poverty, blames individuals for economic injustices, rejects real change and promotes a widespread reliance on charity to address social issues.

We welcome you to join on that day and PLEASE NOTE that we are also still taking donations for this event to offset the costs for those individuals who are living in poverty, who need to travel and might need overnight accommodations in Toronto for the event.

We can accept those donations, payable by cheque, to Community Development Council Durham. You can also donate on our website through Paypal. If you have any questions please email Yvonne Kelly or call 416-697-4208.

Dr. Gorski has been working with a number of us from School Boards in and around the GTA. He has worked with Toronto DSB in the past and will be doing work with Durham, Halton and York Region on his visit to Toronto from October 23-November 2nd. Our vision is that with school boards being challenged to include and name classism as one of the forms of discrimination that will not be tolerated, social planning councils, grassroots organizations and communities coming together to open up this conversation, that we can begin to take some important steps to put classism on everyone’s radar. It has debilitating effects on our students and parents for one and research shows that the impact of classism, classist attitudes, behaviors and systems add another layer of toxic effect on our learners on top of the challenges of living in poverty. I say that if Poverty is the Injury then Classism is the Insult heaped on top of that already unjust reality for a growing number of people in this province.

We are making the point that if we don’t address classism and the systemic forces that keep poverty in place, we will never truly have an effective poverty reduction strategy in this province – hence the subtitle of our day together on the 29th – Towards a Classism Reduction Strategy for Ontario.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has been a key player in helping us plan this initiative. Community Development Council Durham and the Social Planning Council of York Region of which I am a member have been the lead organizers on this project. Thank you so much for being the connection to the community and inviting colleagues, friends, and those you work with and for, who would benefit from this important day of visioning and planning for a society that stops blaming individuals for systemic inequality and injustice.

Please register for this event and let us know if you might be available and interested on the day for assisting with small working group facilitation or taking notes in the afternoon of the 29th.

Please RSVP by Friday Oct. 24th to Vanessa Bilenduke at Community Development Council Durham:
Phone: 905-686-2661, ext. 117
Thank you Everyone. Hoping to hear from you and / or see you on October 29th.

8. Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women’s Anti-Colonial Struggle Within the Israeli Prison System (Pluto Press) – Book Launch

Presented by Another Story Bookshop & Beit Zeitoun.

Joined in discussion by Professors:
Himani Bannerji, David McNally, Alan Sears

Thursday, October 30th, 6:30-9pm
Beit Zeitoun
612 Markham St (at Bloor)
Free, no advance reservation required

For more information please contact:
Another Story Bookshop
Women throughout the world have always played their part in struggles against colonialism, imperialism and other forms of oppression. However, there are hardly any academic books on Arab political prisoners, fewer still on the Palestinians who have been detained in their thousands for their political activism and resistance.

Nahla Abdo’s Captive Revolution seeks to break the silence on Palestinian women political detainees, providing a vital contribution to research on women, revolutions, national liberation and anti-colonial resistance. Based on the stories of the women themselves, Abdo draws on a wealth of oral history and primary research in order to analyse Palestinian women’s anti-colonial struggle, their agency and their treatment as political detainees.

Making crucial comparisons with the experiences of women political detainees in other conflicts, and emphasising the vital role Palestinian political culture and memorialisation of the ‘Nakba’ have had on their resilience and resistance, Captive Revolution is a rich and revealing addition to our knowledge of this little-studied phenomenon.

9. Cheap & Crazy Symposiums: Mobilizing Strategic Conversations

The purpose of this symposium is to bring people together who are interested in collaborating and having conversations about needed strategic direction for future human rights organizing in the mental health system. We welcome papers, panels, presentations, performances or project ideas from consumer/survivors, students, peer support workers, teachers, lawyers, clinicians. The goal of this day is not to demonstrate to everyone what a genius you are, but to share ideas in an understandable way. What you have been thinking about, writing, or (maybe) wanting to organize? So no pressure, but do be clear on what you are talking about. You can choose one of these or related topics:

• Bills of Patient Rights
• Academic versus Frontline Work
• Health Equity, Race and Racism
• Peer Support Work and Advocacy
• Addictions, Law & the Medical Model
• Mad Studies & Advocacy
• “Patient as teachers” or “Psychiatrists as bad learners”?
• Stigma Campaigns or Rights Campaigns?
• Patient Porn, Disability Porn, Heroes & Villains and Other Tales
• Refugees, Immigration and Detention Centres
• Words, language and Identity Politics
• CAMH in Transformation: Thoughts?
• Mobilizing Allies, Unions, and Others
• LHINS, Health Links and the future of service delivery for “complex clients”

Please send us your ideas/abstracts of no more than 250 words to: or or mail to: 1001 Queen Street. Room 160, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H4 by: OCTOBER 31st at Midnight.

10. Gideon Levy: The Israel-Palestine Conflict: How will it end?

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East and local partners are pleased to announce a 6-city lecture tour with renowned Israeli author and human rights journalist Gideon Levy, November 2-8. The lectures’ title is “The Israel-Palestine Conflict: How will it end?”

Please join us at any of the six events in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Edmonton or Calgary below…

Montreal, Sunday, Nov. 2
Ottawa, Tuesday, Nov. 4
Toronto, Wednesday, Nov. 5
Hamilton, Thursday, Nov. 6
Edmonton, Friday, Nov. 7
Calgary, Saturday, Nov. 8

Levy — who has written for the Israeli daily Haaretz since 1982 — will focus on Israelis’ and Palestinians’ respective attitudes to the conflict, and how such attitudes are shaping the conflict’s evolution, duration and outcome. A frank critic of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, Levy questions the “two-state solution” and has become a strong supporter of the boycott of Israel.

11. It’s Brockton Writers Series’ 5th birthday! Celebrate with us! We’ll have cake and prizes from Arsenal Pulp Press and Inanna Publications!)

November 5th, 7pm at full of beans Coffee House & Roastery (1348 Dundas St. W., Toronto).

Featuring four outstanding readers:
Carole Giangrande, IF the Poet, Sheniz Janmohamed and Zoe Whittall!

Plus, come early — 6:30pm — for Rock Your Cover Design: How to Create a Captivating Cover that Captures Your Book’s Vision, a special talk by Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, author of Circle of Stones (Dundurn, 2015),

The reading is PWYC (suggested $3-$5) and features a Q&A with the writers afterward. Books and treats are available for sale. Please note that while the venue is wheelchair accessible, washroom facilities are not.

Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council for their support.

12. BUTCH: Not like the other girls – Toronto Art Opening and Book Signing

6 November at 7:30 pm
Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives (CLGA)
34 Isabella Street, Toronto, Ontario

SD-HolmanBeauty, power and diversity in female masculinity are explored in the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives’ (34 Isabella St.) newest hosted exhibition, BUTCH: Not like the other girls, as part of the show’s North American tour. The critically acclaimed photo-based exhibit by renowned artist SD Holman arrives in Toronto on November 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. with a public wine and cheese reception. The exhibition continues until January 23, 2015.

BUTCH is a photographic exploration of the liminal space occupied by female masculinity in contemporary communities. SD Holman delineates Butch not as oppositional to Femme and Trans identities, but as an inclusive site of resistance to limitations on the way women, gender, andsexuality are still defined. The images honour the mercurial beauty, power and diversity of women who transgress the gender binary – celebrating the transversal dialectic of female masculinity, unapologetic and undiluted

“We are very excited to bring Butch: Not like the other girls to the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives,” says CLGA vice president William Craddock. “SD Holman’s photographs document, explore and celebrate a myriad of sexual identities and gender expression – visibility that is important to the richness of our communities today and the diversity of our histories for the future. We hope that Toronto audiences will enjoy this exhibition as much as it has been revered at its debut in Vancouver.”

BUTCHBUTCH: Not like the other girls debuted as a public art project in transit shelters around Vancouver, Canada, in March 2013, with a simultaneous gallery show at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch). According to Cultch administrators, the opening night – which attracted over 500 patrons – was the largest art opening in their 35 years of operation. The project went viral on the internet, leading to touring exhibitions across the continent. The exhibition catalogue was released by Shooting Gallery Publications in Spring 2014, and is available at bookstores in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

About SD Holman:

A native of Los Angeles, SD Holman is a photo-based artist and Artistic Director of The Queer Arts Festival, an artist-run three-week, multidisciplinary arts festival in Vancouver, BC. Recipient of the 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Arts and Culture, one of Canada’s most prestigious awards. Hailed by Photographer Guy Warrington as “the best portrait photographer in Vancouver,”Holman’s exhibition venues include Wellesley College (MA), the Advocate Gallery (Los Angeles), the Soady-Campbell Gallery (New York), the San Francisco Public Library, The Helen Pitt International Gallery, Charles H. Scott, Exposure, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, Artropolis, and Fotobase Galleries (Vancouver). Holman’s project BUTCH: Not like the other girls is currently touring North America, and has been published by Shooting Gallery Publications.

Facebook, SD Holman
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13. About the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives:

CLGAThe Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) is the largest independent LGBTQ+ archives in the world. With a focus on Canadian content, the CLGA acquires, preserves and provides public access to information and materials in any medium. By collecting and securing important historical records, publications, magazines, newspapers, photos, films and other paraphernalia, the CLGA cares for LGBTQ+ histories now and for generations to come.


November 8th – Fundraiser for Darlene Necan

Darlene Necan is building her own plywood home on her family’s land in Savant Lake, 2 hours south of Pickle Lake, ON . Indigenous women continue to go missing and be murdered while Darlene faces charges and steeps fines for taking the kind of action that our people need. Her next court date is November 20th.

No More Silence Muskrat Magazine, the Anti-Colonial Committee of the Law Union of Ontario and CUPE 3903 FNSWG present an evening of speakers, food and music with Amai Kuda and Simone Schmidt.
Come out to hear Darlene and others speak, lend your support!

November 8th at 6:30 pm the Native Canadian Centre 16 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON

14. Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers: Migrant Worker Speaking Tour

10 November – 16 November

You’ve heard a lot about Temporary Foreign Workers, now come hear from them!

Join 3 migrant workers – a Live-In Caregiver, a Farmworker, and a Restaurant worker – to learn about their struggles, their rights,
and the laws that impact them. Join our fight to build strong, healthy communities for all of us.

Mark the dates! Check back here for more details.

WINDSOR – Mon / Nov 10 – 6PM – 1855 Turner Road
LONDON – Tue / Nov 11 – 7PM – Viatli Student Lounge at King’s University College
PETERBOROUGH – Wed / Nov 12 – 730PM – Market Hall, 140 Charlotte
HAMILTON – Thu / Nov 13 – 6PM – 267 King Street East
GUELPH – Sat / Nov 15 – 1PM – UC 103 at UofGuelph
TORONTO – Sun / Nov 16 – 3PM

We all have questions, let’s come together for answers:

+ What is the Temporary Foreign Workers Program?
+ What’s happening to Canada’s immigration and refugee system?
+ Are foreigners really stealing Canadian jobs?
+ Who is really responsible for this mess?
+ How are services being impacted?
+ What can Unions, community organizations, service providers and students do?

WINDSOR Facebook Event

Building-bridges-breaking-barriersLocal hosting organizations: Windsor Workers’ Education Centre, United Workers of Diversity Caucus, Jamaican Self Help, Hamilton Legal, Hamilton Sanctuary Coalition, Fuerza Puwersa (more to be updated, get in touch with Syed Hussan at coordinator@migrantworkersalliance to endorse and support)

Coordinated by Migrant Workers Alliance for Change.

15. Historical Materialism Toronto invites you to join us for the Toronto launch of:

Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition
by Glen Coulthard

When: Friday, November 14th, 7 – 9 pm
Where: Beit Zatoun – 612 Markham St. (Bathurst subway station)

About the Book:
In a work of critically engaged political theory, Glen Sean Coulthard challenges recognition as a method of organizing difference and identity in liberal politics, questioning the assumption that contemporary difference and past histories of destructive colonialism between the state and Indigenous peoples can be reconciled through a process of acknowledgment. Beyond this, Coulthard examines an alternative politics—one that seeks to revalue, reconstruct, and redeploy Indigenous cultural practices based on self-recognition rather than on seeking appreciation from the very agents of colonialism.
Coulthard demonstrates how a “place-based” modification of Karl Marx’s theory of “primitive accumulation” throws light on Indigenous–state relations in settler-colonial contexts and how Frantz Fanon’s critique of colonial recognition shows that this relationship reproduces itself over time. This framework strengthens his exploration of the ways that the politics of recognition has come to serve the interests of settler-colonial power.
In addressing the core tenets of Indigenous resistance movements, like Red Power and Idle No More, Coulthard offers fresh insights into the politics of active decolonization.

About the author:
Glen Coulthard is an assistant professor in the First Nations Studies Program and the Department of Political Science. He has written and published numerous articles and chapters in the areas of contemporary political theory, indigenous thought and politics, and radical social and political thought (marxism, anarchism, post-colonialism). His most recent work on Frantz Fanon and the politics of recognition won Contemporary Political Theory’s Annual Award for Best Article of the Year in 2007. Glen is Yellowknives Dene.

Other event details:
– This event is free
– Doors open at 6:50pm
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Light refreshments (tea, coffee, and Zatoun olive oil & za’atar dip) will be served

16. SpeakSudan is pleased to announce the launch of the first cohort of the Young African Men’s Theater Arts Program (YAMTAP).

Speak-SudanYAMTAP is a pilot project running from November 15th 2014 to April 30th 2015. The program will provide an opportunity for Black Identifying (African, Afrodiasporic, Black Canadian, Caribbean, Latino) young men (ages 16-25) to participate in a 16 week theater program during which youth will write, create, produce and stage a theater production under the guidance of artist mentors from the community. Gaining valuable skills in play-writing, stage management, set design, event planning, performance, acting, lighting, graphic design and more. The program will engage 15-20 youth and 20 mentors in it’s 32 session duration. The program culminates in a performance of the original material developed.

Our mentors include Darren Anthony (Secrets of a Black Boy), David Delisca (Spoke’n’Heard/ UNITY Charity), Natasha Adiyana Morris ( Piece of Mine Festival), Randell Adjei (RISE Poetry), Anthony Gebrehiwot (XvXy Photo/RISE), Kofi Frempong (Freedom Fridays/ Freelance Artist).


About the Program:

• Free, all supplies provided + food + ttc tokens
• 32 sessions
• Located in Regent Park
• Tuesday + Thursday evenings + some Saturday afternoons
• December-April
• Learn play-writing, creative writing, acting, stage management, directing, event planning + marketing, performance + spoken word, set and costume design
• Mentoring from professional local artists
• Portfolio building + professional headshots
• Final production performance on a world class stage

Eligible Participants:

• 16-25 years old
• Male or Trans identifying
• Black/African/Afrodiasporic identifying
• Interested in the arts
• Interested in creating an original theater production
• Residing in the GTA
• Able to commit to program sessions
• No previous theater/arts experience necessary

Apply online


This program was made possible through generous funding from ArtReach

17. What Makes a Man 2014:

The White Ribbon Conference

Day One: Friday November 21st
The Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley Street, Toronto)

Day Two: Saturday November 22nd
Glenn Gould Studio (259 Front St West, Toronto)


We’re Back!!!! #WMAM2014 will be an exciting two-day discussion-focused event exploring how ideas of manhood impact us in everyday life.


Open to all genders. A conversation for everyone.

More than ever, we need more positive examples and role models for a healthier idea of masculinity. Join White Ribbon on Nov 21st and 22nd for What Makes A Man 2014.

It’s time to draw new maps to manhood.

#WMAM2014 will wrap up on Sat Nov 22nd featuring an intimate discussion with Terry Crews, Film and TV Actor, former NFL player, father, husband and author of ‘Manhood’.


Choose between:
LIMITED VIP TWO DAY PASS = access to both days of WMAM2014, a copy of Terry Crews’ book ‘Manhood’ that Terry will sign at an exclusive signing on Day Two!

TWO DAY FULL PASS = Access Day One and Day Two
DAY TWO PASS = Sat Nov 22nd from 1pm – 8:30pm
DAY ONE PASS = Fri Nov 21st from 1pm – 8:30pm


Day One
– The Talk Part 2: Boyhood to Manhood
– Maps to Relationship Success: Men Interacting with Women
– Warped Ideas of Success Part 1
– Then and Now: Violence Against Women in Canada, 25 Years After December 6th.

Day Two
– Gender In Tech, STEM and Start-Up Culture (Men Re-Learning (Bro) Code).
– Men and Mental Health
– Warped Ideas of Success Part 2
– An Evening With Terry Crews

– Stay tuned for details on the live-stream for Day Two.
– Consider hosting a live-stream viewing & discussion event on Sat Nov 22nd! (Details soon!)

More details about #WMAM2014 #MapsToManhood
White Ribbon Campaign

18. “Huicholes: the Last Peyote Guardians”

26 November at 6:30 pm
OISE Auditorium (G162) 252 Bloor St W


Join us for the Toronto premiere of “Huicholes: the Last Peyote Guardians.” This screening is part of a North American wide film tour.

Alternate screening at York U on Nov. 27. Facebook Event.

The film tells the story of the Wixárika people and their struggle against the Mexican government and Canadian mining companies to preserve Wirikuta, their most sacred territory and the land where the peyote grows.

Following the film screening, the director (Hernán Vilchez) and 2 of the film’s protagonists (traditional Wixárika shamans from the Sierra Madre) will be present for Q&A.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
Tickets available online at

Proceeds going to community projects and film costs.

Watch the trailer here

Toronto screening hosted by the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network (OPIRG Toronto), Cinema Politica, and the Rebels with a Cause Film Festival.

A sister screening “Witness Within” is being co-presented at the Rebels with a Cause Film Festival. “Witness Within: October 28, 2014 7pm at York Woods Library, featuring “The Healing Walks” a short documentary calling attention to the destruction of the tar sands and deforestation in Alberta,Canada and the courageous Indigenous communities fighting back. Keep an eye here for more details soon

Interested in volunteering with promo or at the event? Contact us at with “Volunteer” in the subject line.

If the ticket price represents a barrier to your attendance, contact us at, we’ll have a few complimentary tickets.

19. WoodGreen Women on Strike!

Why are WoodGreen workers taking action?

We represent the over 500 workers at WoodGreen Community Services. We are childcare workers, employment counsellors, settlement workers, personal support workers, ESL instructors, and housing workers, among
many others. We work hard every day to provide services for residents and the community.

With our union, Workers United Local 154, we have been attempting to negotiate a new collective agreement with WoodGreen since April 2014. However, we have faced numerous barriers. In past negotiations, WoodGreen has stated that there was no money for wage increases, and so workers made sacrifices in order to continue serving the community.

Workers are now, once again, being told that there is no money and WoodGreen has offered staff a 1% wage increase that does not even match the rate of inflation. Additionally, part-time workers continue
to have no access to benefits while personal support workers continue to be undervalued.

Meanwhile, in 2013, 8 members of WoodGreen’s executive management were on the Ontario ‘sunshine list’, making over $1 million total in wages and benefits.

WoodGreen’s CEO and President, Brian Smith, made over $200,000 in wages and benefits alone.

WoodGreen management is not treating workers with respect!

This has not only been evidenced by their offer to workers, but by their overall disrespectful and demeaning comments made to the bargaining committee during negotiations. It is for these reasons that our union recently voted 86% to take strike action. We did not arrive at this decision lightly. Our union has never taken strike action before. But we cannot, in good conscience, continue to serve our clients if we feel that our work is
not being fairly valued and compensated.

How you can help!
Support the workers of WoodGreen! Contact the board of directors and management at WoodGreen and tell them to start treating workers with respect and come back to the bargaining table with a fair offer!

Brian Smith, WoodGreen President & CEO: 416-645-6000 x 1100
Robert Wesley, WoodGreen Human Resources:
416-645-6000 x 1100
WoodGreen Board Chair: Jasmine Tehara: